New Mexico State University

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New Mexico State University, also known as New Mexico State University at Las Cruces and commonly referred to as NMSU, NMSU-Las Cruces, or NM State, is a four-year, state university located in the city of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Among state universities in New Mexico, NMSU is the second-largest based on total annual student enrollment across its six campuses, learning and research centers, and county extension offices. In addition to its main campus in Las Cruces, NMSU has branch campuses in Doña Ana, Carlsbad, Alamogordo, Grants, and the Albuquerque Center.

The university was first established in 1888 as Las Cruces Colleges, an institution dedicated to agriculture education. Just one year later in 1889, Las Cruces College was rechartered as the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. It wasn't until nearly a century later, in 1960, that the institution was renamed New Mexico State University. NMSU has a student-to-faculty ratio of about 18-to-1, and a total annual enrollment of roughly 18,500 students.

New Mexico State University offers a large selection of associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at its main campus in Las Cruces and its four branch campuses. NMSU is a major land grant university and research university and the only higher education institution of its kind located along the United States-Mexico border to officially be classified by the federal government as a Hispanic Service Institution (HSI). NMSU offers several programs designed to assist first generation, low income Hispanic students obtain a higher education.


New Mexico State University offers bachelor degree programs in over 88 academic fields of study and career-oriented disciplines. It also offers 52 master's degrees and 21 doctoral degree programs. The university's doctoral degrees are limited primarily to education, agriculture, engineering and the sciences. Graduate programs are offered in business, education, arts and sciences, engineering, consumer and environmental sciences, agriculture, and health and social services. While NMSU's four branch campus offer a few graduate-level programs, academic offerings focus on associate degrees, vocational training and continuing education programs. As New Mexico's only land grant university, NMSU sponsors a Cooperative Extension Service that provides educational programs statewide.

NMSU also supports a network of research centers located at 9 locations across the state. Through these facilities NMSU faculty and students conduct applied research in natural resource management, improved quality of life, environmental quality and agriculture.

All academic programs at NMSU are offered through the graduate school or one of the institution's eight academic colleges which include:

  • College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Education
  • College of Extended Learning
  • College of Health and Social Services
  • Honors College

Rankings and Recognitions

In 2013, New Mexico State University was ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report as a Tier 1 university. It has also been recognized as one of the top, higher education institutions in the nation to extend bachelor's degrees in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to Hispanic-American students.

NMSU university has been ranked as a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly, Princeton Review and several other higher education publications. Many of NMSU's individual programs, including its engineering, computer science, chemistry, English, physics, math, speech-language pathology, and social work programs, are ranked among the top 100 in the nation within their respective spheres.

General Information

Admission Office

Box 30001, MSC 3A

Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

(575) 646-3121

(800) 662-6678

Fax: (575) 646-6330

Contact: Tyler Pruett

Director of Admissions
Main Address

Box 30001, MSC 3A

Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

(575) 646-0111

Total undergrads: 13,677

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,369

Degree-seeking undergrads: 13,556

Graduate enrollment: 3,523


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $20

Online application fee: $20

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 82%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 79%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agribusiness Operations B
Agriculture – General B
Agronomy/Crop Science B
Animal Sciences B
Horticulture Science B
Range Science/Management B
Soil Science and Agronomy B
Turf Management B

Architecture & Related Programs

City/Community/Regional Planning B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Women's Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Arts – General B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Bacteriology B
Biochemistry B
Biology B
Ecology B
Plant Pathology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
International Business B
Marketing Management B
Real Estate B

Communications & Journalism

Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems B
Information Technology B


Agricultural Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Secondary Education B


Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Agricultural Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering Physics B
Industrial Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Surveying Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B
Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Environmental Health B
Nursing (RN) B
Public Health Education B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies A,B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Wildlife/Wilderness Management B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Community Organization/Advocacy B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies A,B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

New Mexico State University-Main Campus Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (575) 646-0111
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 2850 Weddell Street, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Setting: Suburb: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 14,296
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 46%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 8,052 (56% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $7,087
Out-of-state Tuition: $23,076
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $12,308

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

New Mexico State University-Main Campus Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at New Mexico State University-Main Campus.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 1163
Architecture and Related Services 1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 642
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 11721
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 211
Education 6975
Engineering 2872
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 12
English Language and Literature/Letters 231
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 31
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 11
Health Professions and Related Programs 3731
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 211
Mathematics and Statistics 121
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 32
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 354
Psychology 1131
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 22
Social Sciences 1551
Visual and Performing Arts 63
Grand total 162896024

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at New Mexico State University-Main Campus and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,087
Out-of-state $23,076
Books and supplies $1,240

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $5,753
Out-of-state $17,743

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,232 99%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,225 99% $12,308
Student loan aid 904 40% $4,723

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 9,107 78% $11,204
Federal student loans 4,341 37% $6,055

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for New Mexico State University-Main Campus. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled New Mexico State University-Main Campus students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 11,903 5,047 6,856
Percent admitted 100% 52% 56%
Percent admitted who enrolled 18% 19% 18%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

New Mexico State University-Main Campus Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 14,296
Undergraduate enrollment 11,675
Graduate enrollment 2,621

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

New Mexico State University-Main Campus Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPBG) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level programs offered outside a school of public health
    • Public Health (PHBG) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level school of public health
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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